September 2018

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BY James Loomis

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August 31, 2018

What you should know before deciding to save your plant’s seeds for replanting Becoming more self reliant and resilient was one of the main reasons I began gardening almost 20 years ago. I am constantly searching for ways to wean from the machine. Cons …

BY Joel Long

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August 31, 2018

A nature is about to give way to warehouses, a poet pays homage to the antelope, raptors and shorebirds whose habitat, the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City, is scheduled for destruction On Pioneer Day, I get up early and do what I have done for man …


BY Amy Brunvand

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September 13, 2018

Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) has introduced a bill offensively named the PURE Act (it stands for of Protect Utah’s Rural Economy), a bill to prevent future protection of Utah’s federal public lands. The bill does not, in fact, address Utah’s rural economy …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 13, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was caught trying to sell 1,600 acres of land cut from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to none other than state representative Mike Noel (R-Utah district 73). A Draft Resource Management Plan for the reduced mo …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 13, 2018

The Utah  Department of Transportation has begun construction of an animal crossing bridge over I-80 just west of Parleys Summit. The freeway slices across a migration route for deer and moose creating a deadly hazard for drivers and animals alike.  Th …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 13, 2018

In July and August, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued Executive Orders declaring a State of Emergency for wild land fires due to drought, hot temperatures and fires already burning. Utah has already experienced more than 800 wildfires this summer, most …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 17, 2018

Wasatch Mountain ski areas are trying a land grab through the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act. A version of the bill would exchange land privatized by historic mining claims for public land at the base of Alta, Brighton, S …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 17, 2018

Heal Utah reports on three new radioactive threats in Utah. 1)Yucca Mountain, Nevada could rise from the grave as a national nuclear waste repository sending trains and trucks full of high-level nuclear waste on freeways through Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 17, 2018

The Toxic Release Inventory issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks Utah #3 in the nation for total pound of toxic chemicals released into the environment (273,000,000 lbs). The large volume is mainly due to waste from the Bingha …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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August 31, 2018

Nostalgia at the shallow end Nostalgia is a public pool filled with warm memories at the shallow end, but in the deep end there be monsters disguised as beguiling Sirens. You may enter smiling but drown there if you are not careful. Take your ex-spouse …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 31, 2018

Indigenous action In  July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest. The nine-foot-tall totem was made by master carver Jewell James and other artists from House of Tear …

BY John deJong

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August 31, 2018

Pretty pretty Nissan Leaf with Tenessee plates Talk about “song-in-you-head. As we approached the 2018 Nissan Leaf the salesman points out the manufacturer’s Tennessee plates. John Haitt’s “Tennessee Plates” has run through my head ever since. “Crossed …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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August 31, 2018

Marriage, at least in romance-based societies such as ours, is an act of hope, a commitment for the future. A belief in love. With (and certainly without) the best efforts, hope may falter, commitments fail, and belief wane. Thus, we have divorce. Whil …

BY Taylor Hawk

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August 31, 2018

The environmental cost of cheap clothing The scene is familiar. You go to your nearest fast fashion retailer to purchase some new clothes. You see racks and racks of identical shirts, pants, blouses and dresses in various sizes. You browse the selectio …

BY Ashley Miller

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August 31, 2018

Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency loosens protections affecting Utahns If you feel like the health of our environment is under siege these days, you’re not alone. Here’s a quick look at some recent actions and potential consequences for air quali …

BY Joel Long

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August 31, 2018

A nature is about to give way to warehouses, a poet pays homage to the antelope, raptors and shorebirds whose habitat, the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City, is scheduled for destruction On Pioneer Day, I get up early and do what I have done for man …

BY James Loomis

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August 31, 2018

What you should know before deciding to save your plant’s seeds for replanting Becoming more self reliant and resilient was one of the main reasons I began gardening almost 20 years ago. I am constantly searching for ways to wean from the machine. Cons …

BY Alyssa Kay

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August 31, 2018

Meet nine Salt Lake Community College graduates who are making a difference Earlier this year, CATALYST presented A Clean Air Affair—an evening of experts speaking on the topic of air quality. CATALYST worked with the local chapter of the international …

BY Jennifer Kokai

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August 31, 2018

Mother/son duo explore new ground in play for children When I was asked to write a play for Plan-B’s Free Elementary School Tour, I immediately turned to the closest elementary expert: my (now) 11-year-old son. But Oliver is not a typical elementary-ag …

BY Charlotte Bell

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August 31, 2018

Protect your joints, build stability Instagram may currently dominate and define 21st-century yoga’s outward image, but social media didn’t invent yoga photography. As long ago as the 1960s I remember gaping at photos of loincloth-clad yogis staring wi …

BY Abby Van Buren

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August 31, 2018

Refugees are encouraged to follow their dreams of starting their own food businesses with the help provided by Spice Kitchen Incubator. SPICE, an acronym for supporting the pursuit of innovative culinary entrepreneurs, is a business incubator based out …

BY Steve Bhaerman

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August 31, 2018

Swami Beyondananda on how levity lifts us in unfunny times Note: Cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is coming to Salt Lake City Tuesday, September 18 as part of his “Great Upwising” tour. In preparation for hi …

BY Avrey Evans

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September 17, 2018

A review of Utah’s biggest EDM festival and modern rave culture When you hear the word “rave,” what comes to mind? For many it’s the image of out of control crowds, incomprehensible music and risqué outfits. Indeed the rave culture has come to mean man …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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August 31, 2018

Use your discernment to change your experience Osho Zen Tarot:  Possibilities, Integration, Traveling Medicine Cards: Horse, Mountain Lion Mayan Oracle: Etznab, Hologram, Adventurer’s Quest Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Four of Disks, Queen of Swords, Nine o …

BY Diane Olson

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August 31, 2018

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows September 1 sun rise 6:55 A.M     sunset 7:59 P.M. September 2 Head to one of the …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 12, 2018

Public comments are needed on two draft management plans for the reduced boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The rushed planning is part of a Trump administration strategy to formalize smaller boundaries in order …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 13, 2018

Bear totem by Jewell James, Master carver, Lummi Nation In July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest. The nine-foot-tall totem was made by master carver Jewell James …